At the March 27, 2017 Smyth County Republican Committee meeting, the attached party canvass call was adopted to nominate Republican candidates for local offices (Board of Supervisors in the Saltville, Chilhowie, and Royal Oak election districts) in Smyth County for the November 2017 General Election.
A party canvass is like a primary election, except it is run by the Republican Party at an established central polling place. During the hours the canvass is being held, those who appear with proper photo ID, sign the pledge to support Republican candidates, and are found to be properly registered voters are given a paper ballot to vote and deposit into a ballot box. The voter will then leave after casting their ballot. At the end of the canvass, the ballot box is opened and the results are tallied on site. The person with the most votes for a particular office is the party’s nominee. Also, each candidate will be permitted to appoint observers to witness the canvass while it is in progress and during the vote counting.
The pre-filing deadline is June 2 by 5:00pm for any interested candidates seeking the Republican nomination. The canvass will be held, if necessary, on Saturday, June 10 from 10am-4pm at Chilhowie High School. On June 2 a notice will be issued listing all the candidate filings received and noting any offices that will be contested at the canvass.
Only the names of those persons who have pre-filed and are determined to be qualified will be printed on the ballots used at the party canvass. No write-in votes will be counted. If only one candidate properly files and is found to be qualified for an individual office to be nominated by the party canvass, then such candidate shall be declared the Republican nominee and that particular office will not be on the ballot at the party canvass. If only one candidate properly files and is found to be qualified for each office to be nominated by the party canvass, then such candidates shall be declared the Republican nominees and no party canvass will be held.